Have you seen the Kruse House bees?
The West Chicago Garden Club has succeeded in an ambitious project, which has been in the planning since last year – Bees Take Flight in the Kruse House Gardens.
Thirteen delightful art bees were designed, created, and installed by Club members. These larger than life bees, intended to add a buzz for the gardens at 527 Main Street which are tended by members, as well as provide fun facts about bees, will bring an added incentive to visit the historic grounds.
Created by green thumbs April Murphy, Kerry Dexter, Barb Bizzarri, Barb Melville, Jodi Otzwirk, Ruth Kyme, Dick Darrah, Scott Johnson, Kerry Perry, Pamela Darrah, Patti Zaputil, and Billie Childress, each bee features a unique theme and vibe and is accompanied by an interesting bee fact to help demystify and bring greater appreciation for the hard-working pollinator.
Spreading awareness and education of native bees and honeybees is an important to part of the project’s mission in light of their declining numbers. The following is a sample of the bee trivia that visitors to the Kruse House Garden will enjoy:
- Honey bees live in hives. They are divided into three types – Queen, Workers, Drones.
- Bees are vegetarian. The adults and larva only eat nectar and pollen provided by flowers. They can’t survive without flowers.
- Honey bees live in colonies. Native bumble bees are solitary or live in small groups. They nest in the ground or in wood.
- Bees are dying off in record numbers. Using chemicals on gardens and lawns is one of many things that kill bees. AVOID USING PESTICIDES.
- Help bees by planting clusters of NATIVE plants that bloom from Spring through Fall. Beebalm, Black-eyed Susan, Purple Cone Flowers, and Asters provide beautiful nectar and pollen for bees.
- Generally bees don’t sting unless they are swatted, get tangled in your clothes, or you get too close to them.
Bees Take Flight at the Kruse House Gardens will be installed through the summer months, and visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds, read the bee facts, take photos and of course, enjoy the gardens. Micro-videos taken by City staff of Club members sharing information about their bees will be shared on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the summer. For more information about the West Chicago Garden Club, visit westchicagogardenclub.org.
Enjoy more short video clips on Bees Take Flight on the City’s Youtube account.
*Homepage image of Garden Club member Ruth Kyme (left) and Mayor Ruben Pineda (right) standing next to Ruth’s creation, Bee-dazzling.